Project Accountant

  • Strong Team environment
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 6-month contract - Possible long term opportunity

AccessEAP partners with businesses to promote positive organisational behaviour, enhance employee well-being and improve workplace productivity. As an Australian owned, profit for purpose Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider their outstanding success is based on understanding the unique needs of customers and tailoring services to support and prevent mental health issues in the workplace. As a growing organisation undertaking significant change, we need an engaging accountant to provide financial management support to projects within the digital transformation program.

Your role will be to provide full accounting support and analysis to help ensure the achievement of project and program financial objectives and manage risk. Working as an active partner to project managers you will assist with the preparation of budgets & ongoing monitoring of costs. You will generate and interpret financial records and reports, Investigate cost variances and forecast future funding requirements

Degree qualified your track record of success your strong understanding of project management methodologies will reflect your proven ability to form and maintain collaborative working relationships with stakeholders. Your key strengths will include your analysis, judgement, planning and organising skills.  

Most importantly you will enjoy working in a team environment that is driven by the values of Respect, Collaboration, Integrity, Curiosity and Accomplishment. AccessEAP takes the health of employees seriously and you will be working in an environment that genuinely cares about the wellbeing of all employees.

For more information call David Williams on 0414551795 or to apply send your resume to dwilliams@kurtispaige.com.au

Customer Engagement Consultant - Brisbane Based

  • Help make a difference every day
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Strong team environment

AccessEAP partners with organisations to promote positive organisational behaviour, enhance employee well-being and improve workplace productivity. As an Australian owned, Profit for Purpose  Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider our success is based on understanding the unique needs of clients and tailoring services to prevent mental health issues in the workplace. Due to continued growth, we need a passionate professional to engage with our customers and help ensure they gain optimal value from our initiatives in developing their workplace culture and employee wellbeing. 

Your role will be to provide consultative advice to customers across the full spectrum of AccessEAP mental health and wellbeing initiatives. Managing a portfolio of accounts you will develop and implement growth and retention strategies, evaluating the success of programs and initiatives and translating this evaluation into meaningful improvement/expansion of initiatives.

Your track record of success will reflect your impartial and insightful thinking capabilities and ability to engage with a broad range of people. Your key strengths will include your planning and organising, analysis, judgement and outstanding interpersonal skills. Most importantly you will enjoy working in a team environment that is driven by respect, collaboration and accomplishment. 

AccesssEAP takes the health of employees seriously and you will be working in an environment that genuinely cares about the wellbeing of all employees.

For more information call David Williams on 0414551795  or to apply send your resume to dwilliams@kurtispaige.com.au 

Video: Guided Mindfulness

AccessEAP Meditation Series: Guided Mindfulness

  • Presented by: Dr Stephen Malloch
  • Duration: 5 mins 52 secs

Embedding Link: https://vimeo.com/666582629

Video: Body Scan Meditation

AccessEAP Meditation Series: Body Scan Meditation 

  • Presented by: Dorienne Spennato
  • Duration: 6 mins 50 secs

Embedding Link: https://vimeo.com/666980266

Video: How to psychologically separate from work after a busy day

AccessEAP Video Series: How to psychologically separate from work after a busy day

  • Presented by: Dorienne Spennato & Michael Foley
  • Duration: 4 mins 35 secs

Embedding Link: https://vimeo.com/665847753

Project Coordinator

  • Help build organisational capability
  • Digital Transformation focus
  • 8-month contract - Possible long term opportunity

AccessEAP partners with businesses to promote positive organisational behaviour, enhance employee well-being and improve workplace productivity. As an Australian owned, profit for purpose Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider their outstanding success is based on understanding the unique needs of customers and tailoring services to support and prevent mental health issues in the workplace. As a growing organisation currently going through a transformation we need a passionate and talented person to join the Projects & Innovation team.

Your role will be to coordinate and document progress on a digital transformation project using the AccessEAP project management methodology. This will likely result in a number of additional projects. Working closely with the external vendor you will plan, communicate and monitor all project activities and ensure deadlines are met. Importantly you will engage with all stakeholders to manage project issues, risks and change to deliver enhanced outcomes for customers, clients and the AccessEAP team.

Your track record of success leading digital system development and implementation projects will reflect your strong influence and relationship building skills. You will have experience developing and implementing Salesforce systems. Your key strengths will include your analysis, judgement, planning and organising skills. A strong understanding of project management methodologies and change leadership are prerequisites.

Most importantly you will enjoy working in a team environment that is driven by the values of Respect, Collaboration, Integrity, Curiosity and Accomplishment. AccessEAP take the health of employees seriously and you will be working in an environment that genuinely cares about the wellbeing of all employees

For more information call David Williams on 0414551795 or to apply send your resume to dwilliams@kurtispaige.com.au

Self-care in the festive season

As we reach the end of 2021 there has been an increase in cases in some parts of Australia. We appreciate that for many people this may be a time of heightened emotions, particularly as festive celebrations commence and for some, plans will need to change. We, as always, are here to support you through this. Tools and resources can be accessed via our website to support your mental health and wellbeing through the Employee and Employer login areas. Additional resources, including our Wellbeing Check, are also available on our app, AccessMyEAP.

It is important to remember that feeling anxious, fearful, stressed, angry or irritable are common and normal feelings during uncertain times like these. It is important to monitor your own physical and mental health during these times. Download our Self-care and Managing Stress Postcard for signs to watch out for and self-care strategies. 

If you do need support, reach out to us here at AccessEAP on 1800 818 728. As always, our people are here to help support you and your people be their best in life and work.

 

Respectful Connection - a message from Sally Kirkright, CEO AccessEAP

We all want to belong, and our workplaces can offer a safe place to carry out meaningful work with people we trust. This sense of belonging has been challenged over the past couple of years with the steps to combat COVID of social distancing and lockdowns.  A sense of social isolation has been felt by many. And now lockdowns are ending, and with high vaccination rates, we are starting to see each other again, in real life.

As we start mixing once more, it’s important to keep in mind that lockdown has affected us all in different ways – everyone is different. For some, it has been incredibly hard, as they battled loneliness and isolation, or perhaps found it hard to juggle the demands of home-schooling, family and work expectations without the break of getting out of the house or going to the office. For others, they happily worked from home. As we reconnect, reaching out in a way that is appropriate to the person’s needs requires a good dose of empathy and listening.

Empathy and listening underpin all healthy workplace cultures and help create a psychologically safe workplace. Being aware and accepting the diversity of opinions, attitudes, and backgrounds helps us become more nuanced in the ways we reach out and interact with others.

I believe Inclusion and diversity in a workplace is vital for engagement. Just like in the natural environment, a monoculture of thinking and viewpoints is not healthy or sustainable. The following definition resonates with me: “the difference between diversity and inclusion is that diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance”. Diversity in the workplace refers to a workforce that’s made up of people from different ages, cultural backgrounds, geographies, physical abilities and disabilities, religions, genders, sexual orientations. And this diversity brings together people with differing perspectives and thinking styles, preferences and characteristics. Inclusion is the procedures organisations implement to allow differences to coexist in a mutually beneficial way so that employees feel accepted and comfortable, ready to share their opinions and thoughts.

I need my ideas to be challenged and my thinking to be tested by talking with others with differing viewpoints who look at the world in a way that is different from my own. It’s the way I keep my thinking fresh and creative and how I become a better leader. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace help this to happen. Walking the Talk is what makes people believe that an organisation is serious about inclusion. 

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2022 Wellbeing in Focus Calendar

The AccessEAP 2022 Wellbeing in Focus Calendar has launched!

The AccessEAP Wellbeing in Focus Calendar is a great way to plan monthly activity around the areas that may be of particular importance to your organisation while making sure you are aware of a wider range of topics. Our Annual Planner gives a great overview while the quarterly themes help you to deliver information in manageable parts, highlighting importance and focusing attention.

This year we will have expanded our offering with an additional quarterly Wellbeing Spotlight and Connection Tool.

Our 2022 Wellbeing in Focus Calendar is available through the Employer Login Area of the AccessEAP website. The Wellbeing Tools will also be added to the Employee Login Area and AccessMyEAP App.

 

Fulfilling our social purpose - supporting the H.O.P.E. Program

The H.O.P.E. Program continues to be the main recipient of our charitable funding for vulnerable families and children. At AccessEAP, we are very proud of the donation of more than $1,000,000 for HOPE and programs to support vulnerable families, which was announced last month. Our contribution has been able to grow substantially each year, and AccessEAP would like to recognise the support of our customers in making this donation. Through partnering with AccessEAP, you not only support your employees’ wellbeing but you also directly contribute to our chosen welfare programs in Australia.

Renee's Story

"My name is Renee, I'm 24 years old and I’m a single mum to my baby boy Rory. The H.O.P.E. program has been so wonderful for me. It has given me such great support and has helped me to be a better mum to Rory. They set me up in a house to help me get on my feet, helped me with budgeting, food planning and set me and my mum up with counselling to help our relationship."

Read more about the H.O.P.E Program and Renee's story here.

We are pleased and proud to report that over the past 12 months, the H.O.P.E. Program and other vital support programs continued to exceed targets, and these are very special targets because they are about helping more mums, bubs and families. 

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The Power of Positive Relationships

Relationships do many things, but the research is clear – they extend the length of our life. Close personal connections promote health in a variety of ways, for example, a reduction in stress, increase in personal growth and healthy activities (e.g., better diet and more exercise). 

Within our workplaces, we all have our favourite colleague/s that we naturally gravitate towards. They become our 'go-to' person. Whether we have been affected by restrictions or not, connecting with our colleagues and nurturing these relationships is important to our development and success. Developing these skills can also help us with our personal relationships outside of formal work settings.

We've created Personal and Leader Tools that reinforce the power of positive relationships. The Leader Tool highlights the power of connection for teams and how to make improvements. Find our wide range of Leader Tools and Personal Tools, in the Employer and Employee Login Areas of our website.  

The above postcard can be found in COVID-19 Support under AccessEAP Wellbeing Postcards in the Employer and Employee Login Areas.

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Support through the NSW Floods

Australia is a country of extremes which can challenge us and impact our lives in profound ways. Right now, parts of NSW are experiencing floods which are causing losses and damage across the State. Natural disasters like the current storms and floods disrupt lives physically and psychologically, creating intense emotional distress for individuals, families and whole communities.

It is important through times such as these to identify those of your people who may have been directly impacted by the storms and floods and provide assistance where possible. Storm and flooding events such as these can be challenging, as the combined uncertainty about the immediate situation as well as fear and concern for what may lie ahead over coming days and weeks as storm waters continue to rise can exacerbate our thoughts and feelings.

As a leader, your organisation plays a vital and valuable role in assisting and supporting your people and their families in the immediate aftermath and moving forward. We encourage you to help your people feel they can focus on their immediate priorities, which is the physical safety of family, friends, loved ones and their homes and possessions. As a leader, take the time to check in with your people, and where appropriate, remind them that their EAP is available and able to help support them through these challenging times. Many people will want to be seen as “coping” so asking how they are going is really important. Being prepared to provide initial and long term support for people will enhance and promote their own personal coping strategies and resilience.

  •  Normalise reactions: Accept that people will experience a range of emotions and that it is normal. Once the event is over, it doesn't mean people's feelings go away. Acknowledge their feelings and reassure people that their intense feelings are normal given the disaster.
  • Ask how you can help: Ask if there's anything that you can do to assist employees or if there is anything they need? e.g. flexible hours, transport or belongings. Keep talking to gain clarity on what assistance they need.
  • Do not catastrophise: It is common to reflect on the "what ifs" or "what might have been". Do not speculate on how much worse it could have been. Avoid comparison of stories as each person has a right to their feelings.

To support those that may have been affected by the event, we have included documents for individual strategies (download pdf here) and tips as well as information for managers and leaders (download pdf here). These tools are also available through the AccessMyEAP App.

If you have any questions or would like to better understand what you can do that will meaningfully support your team, the experienced clinicians on our Manager Support Hotline are able to help you help your people. As manager, your individual needs matter just as much. Reach out for support when and if you need it. We are here to help. Contact AccessEAP on 1800 818 728.

Tips to boost your physical fitness

When life gets busy, and our routines get out of whack, it can be tricky to maintain a consistent exercise routine. Wherever you are at, it’s great to think about increasing your physical activity or even to shake things up and try something new.

Here are some tips to inspire you to get moving:

  • Set a health goal. Write it down and share it with colleagues and friends – this will mean you are more likely to achieve it. Gradually work towards that goal, step by step.
  • Understand your why – what is pushing you to increase your fitness? Could it be deeper than a waist measurement and more like stress management or better sleep?
  • If you take public transport home from work –get off one station earlier and walk home.
  • Take 20 minutes out of your Sunday and plan your week to fit in the exercise. Find a calendar that you can colour code, choose your favourite colour for exercise, and slot in times to get active. This will mean that no other meetings can be booked at that time. Secondly, if it gets to that time and your diary is hijacked, take whatever remaining minutes you have than not going at all.
  • Factor in household duties. Think of cleaning your house as part of your exercise regime. Walk to the local shops multiple times a week to get supplies rather than driving.
  • Don’t expect to love doing the “couch to five km” app (for example) straight away. This is a new skill and not something that you may be good at quickly.
  • Find your supports and ask them for specific things – meet you at the park, parent/care for loved ones, not book meetings in your lunch break.
  • Get a routine around your exercise and set yourself up for success. Get your clothes out and make sure your shoes are easily found (you can sleep longer if this is done).
  • Go for a short, sharp 20-minute exercise plan that will allow you some flexibility to keep living your life and the demands in it.
  • If you prefer working out from your home, get creative. Go for a walk and then come home and lift some cans of spaghetti and some large pumpkins for weights. This keeps costly gym memberships down too.

Counselling support can help you set goals and identify when stress and anxiety are affecting your choices and impacting your health. Start now and benefit from this free and confidential service. Call AccessEAP on 1800 818 728 to book a session.

Too busy to eat well?

There is a growing body of evidence to demonstrate that the food we eat affects our mental health. AccessEAP Nutrition Coaching gives you access to advice on how dietary changes can support wellbeing.

  • A little planning goes a long way when it comes to food and research tells us that the food we eat affects our mental health and impacts our overall wellbeing.
  • Weekly meal planning to avoid last-minute shopping when stressed and hungry.
  • Put a little excitement back into meal planning with inspirational recipe blogs.
  • Make your dollar go further with budget and time conscious menus from supermarkets.
  • Plan meals using the weekly specials catalogue to benefit from seasonal fruit and vegetable prices
  • Share the love (and the work!) – if your family or housemates are involved in the planning anyone can start the preparation.
  • Connect with family and friends with regular mealtimes.

Find out more about eating well and feeling good here.

Counselling support can help you set goals and identify when stress and anxiety are affecting your choices and impacting your health. Start now and benefit from this free and confidential service. Call AccessEAP on 1800 818 728 to book a session.

Eating well and feeling good

Eating well and feeling good about food

There is a growing body of evidence to demonstrate that the food we eat affects our mental health. For example, dietary changes have been successfully trialled in the treatment of clinical depression. The positive effects of good gut health also extend to improved mental performance, something to think about!

AccessEAP offers employees the opportunity to receive a consultation with a nutritionist for advice about dietary changes to better support wellbeing. One nutrition consultation is part of your EAP session entitlement.

The nutrition coaching service can assist with:

• understanding the impact of food choices on brain function and emotional health
• identifying impacts associated with food choices
• understanding desired health outcomes
• healthy eating tips to optimise wellbeing
• diets for health conditions.

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Seeking a good night’s sleep

It’s important to have sufficient, regular, good quality sleep for our physical and mental health. Short periods of unsettled sleep can often be managed with well-researched tips however, longer periods may require a consult with your GP.

Some Useful Tips

  • Short “nana naps” or “chill out times” during the day can help us to refresh our minds and bodies.
  • Aim to go to bed at a similar time each night.
  • Spend a quiet period immediately prior to turning in to help your body and mind settle.
  • A warm bath or shower before bed can help the body to relax and calm down.
  • Get to know your body and the effects of alcohol, spicy food and other stimulants too close to your bedtime.
  • It is preferable to keep your bedroom as distraction-free zones - no phones, TVs, iPads etc.
  • Darkening the room so your body automatically prepares itself for rest can be helpful.
  • If listening to music, keep the volume low and the type of music soothing, so you are likely to drift off.
  • If you regularly wake up during the night and have difficulty falling back to sleep, remember that it may help to get up, have some water or a decaffeinated tea, sit and quietly breathe, rather than lying in bed tense and frustrated that you are awake. Once you are feeling more soothed and settled return to bed.

It is worth formulating your own list of practical, healthy, accessible, common-sense ways to soothe your body and mind, so you can zero in on and practice what works for you.

Counselling support can help you to identify when stress and anxiety are affecting sleep and how to move forward. Start now and benefit from this free and confidential service.
Call AccessEAP on 1800 818 728 to book a session.

 

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Self-care, if not now, when?

It’s easy to put off looking after yourself. There seem to be so many other priorities that keep getting in the way. However, taking some time to notice and act on how you are coping with added demands, could help in all areas of your life. Self-care becomes particularly important when you work in a job that requires a lot of emotional energy. Often the day to day nature of this work can leave you feeling that you have few resources to take care of yourself and little time for the people who are important in your life. It can be common to feel tired and lethargic by the end of the day or week. Sometimes switching off from work can be difficult. Jobs that typically require a lot of emotional energy are also often very rewarding and involve making a positive difference to individuals or communities, and there are ways you can make this work sustainable for you.

Signs that you really need to take care of yourself better may include:

  • Too little or too much empathy for others
  • Resentment toward responsibilities
  • Adopting a negative view of people in general.
  • Difficulty controlling your reactions to others.
  • Reduced job satisfaction.
  • Harmful behaviour to avoid or escape thinking about work. Could include drinking more alcohol than usual.
  • Distancing yourself from people, withdrawing from social situations where you need to talk to people.
  • Increase in complaints or conflict at work.

There are things you can do to take care of yourself to ensure that you are able to keep up the meaningful work that you’re doing now and into the future. 

5 Tips for Self Care
Here are some tips for creating and maintaining a self-care routine:

1. Find the Time
The day-day demands of life can become overwhelming and we may feel that we have little control over how we spend our time. Do an inventory of how you spend the hours of each day for one week. You may be surprised at how much spare time you actually have, focus on the things you choose to do and those which you must do. A good way to measure this is by the consequences of not doing them.

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Counselling, what’s it all about?

What Is Counselling?
Counselling sessions provide a comfortable and safe environment where you can talk openly without judgement about what is happening for you. The counsellor does not label you or give a diagnosis. People often use counselling to speak about common life stressors, e.g. relationships or workplace stress or to learn how to reach life goals.

What Happens in a Counselling Session?
During the first appointment, the counsellor will aim to hear and understand what is happening in your life and what you may want to achieve from counselling. You decide what you want to focus on in the sessions and the counsellor will work with you to find approaches that may help you. Through counselling, you will receive support as you try new strategies or approaches. The counsellor will never instruct you if you are trying to make a decision about something, however they will discuss your options and help you decide what approach is going to work best for you.

What if I don’t feel a connection or “like” my counsellor?
It is important that you get the greatest benefit possible from your session so that may mean providing feedback and seeking a different counsellor to move forward with.

Making an Appointment
Making an appointment is as easy as telephoning 1800 818 728 during business hours, Monday-Friday 8am-6pm AEST. Calls will be answered by our Client Services Team. 24/7 assistance is also available for urgent counselling. When phoning us for the first time, an employee will need to provide the following information:

• Their name, their employer, and a few contact details
• Whether they would like to book a standard appointment or if they need immediate assistance.
• If they have any preferences in relation to the counsellor e. g., gender, age, specialisation.
• Location preference if sessions are face-to-face*. Phone, chat or video sessions are also available.

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Counselling myths

MYTH 1 - What about Confidentiality? Someone will find out, my boss and colleagues will know.

Although the EAP counselling sessions are paid for by your employer, the counsellors are independent and anything you discuss with a counsellor is confidential unless; there is a risk of harm to you or someone else or disclosure is required by law. While we do need to collect a few details from you when booking your first appointment, your personal information is kept confidential. AccessEAP has refused to work with organisations who cannot accept our confidentiality code of conduct. Your organisation respects the privacy and confidentiality of the services provided to you to improve your wellbeing.

MYTH 2 - If I have a problem my friends and family will talk/help me through it.

Although you may receive support from family and friends one difference between speaking with a counsellor and a close friend is that the counsellor has a broad knowledge and understanding of human behaviour. Sometimes it also just helps to speak with someone objective who isn’t emotionally involved with you or the situation.

MYTH 3 - I should see a counsellor only if things get really bad.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples using this content are advised that it may contain images, names or voices of people who have passed away
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AccessEAP acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we work on and their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples using this content are advised that it may contain images, names or voices of people who have passed away.